His Majesty, Lubosi Imwiko II needs to be honest and brave enough to let the people of Barotseland know which side of the fence (that divides Barotseland and Zambia) he stands or else posterity will judge him harshly. We are living in an age of transparency and accountability; an age that frowns on feudal forms of leadership.
The dustbin of history is full of Mobutu Sesesekoos and Augusto Pinochet type of leaders who saw their position as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of those they claimed to lead. It is amazing how certain human beings just never learn from history. Absolute power surely corrupts some so called leaders absolutely. The country side is full of ousted leaders who felt that they were gods during their days of glory. From the Bible to Muamar Gaddafi, men and even Jezebels who, due to their position, exploited their subjects never ended up well themselves. There is no single leader who ruled against the will of the masses who died a satisfied individual. It does not even matter how long a bad leader may live after their ouster. Sorrow and insecurity never leaves their gates. Once they die, some people would even celebrate as we recently saw it with the late former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
In the Book of Proverbs chapter twenty-nine and verse two, Amplified Bible, it reads as such:-
“When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.”
How true about what is happening in Barotseland. A leader who rules in obscurity shall, whether he likes it or not, always be suspected of evil dealings by his subjects. Worse still is a leader who openly connives with someone his people regard as their sworn enemy.
Amos chapter three and verse three reads as follows:-
“Can two walk together except they be in agreement?”
For a leader to host a visiting leader who comes and threaten his subjects is not only bad but degrading to the host and an insult to all his subjects. What more with claiming that he is more powerful than the king in the presence of the same king? This is a shame.
“With all due respect to the Zambian leader, claiming that Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II was born Litunga is a spectacular display of ignorance. President Michael Sata does not know how one who is to be Litunga is picked and neither does he seem to have even a slightest idea (possibly his host too) about what it means to be Litunga, or what is required of a Litunga of Barotseland. Had he any knowledge of Silozi, he was not going to insult our monarch as bluntly as he did only months ago. Yet strangely enough, Litunga Imwiko II does not even care about it at all. He even laughs with someone who called his own grand father a thief. Amazing!”
The people of Barotseland are neither hypocrites nor greedy. They are also tired of being taken for a ride to nowhere else but to falsity and destruction. In March 2012 they clearly voiced their decision and Litunga Imwiko II did not object then. What has changed in him that today he would be seen to be getting into the same bed with those who have plotted our doom? His actions are only an indication of someone who has lost self confidence as Litunga of Barotseland.
Since Barotseland, through the March 2012 BNC, formally accepted the termination of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, the Litunga of Barotseland no longer has either legal or moral grounds upon which he can summon for the personal protection of the Zambians unless he did so based purely on personal arrangement, i.e. mercenaries.
The time has now come for His Majesty to come out in the open and state where he really belongs. We the people of Barotseland respect the BNC Resolutions and are committed to seeing them fulfilled.
Mulena ki mulena ka batu. (The King is because of His People)
STATEMENT BY BAROTSE FREEDOM MOVEMENT